"MI6 Confidential". The latest issue of "MI6 Confidential" celebrates Roger Moore's debut as 007 in "Live and Let Die". The magazine includes a discussion with the Saltzman children about their father and his work on "Live And Let Die", and Peter Lamont's adventures on location in Louisiana and New York. Sir Roger himself has contributed to the magazine by giving a special interview on this occasion as well as writing an introduction. In this issue the magazine also celebrates 100 years of the Aston Martin badge with an exhaustive history of the bond between 007 and Aston Martin. Read more about issue 23 of "MI6 Confidential".
An Evening with Sir Roger Moore. On Sunday, October 27, Sir Roger Moore started a series of appearances in the UK during which he's interviewed by Gareth Owen and also answers questions from the audience. The tour will last until November 17. Here's a full list of the dates. You can follow the tour on its Facebook page.
"Shout at the Devil" on Blu-ray. "Shout at the Devil", a 1976 WWI drama set in Africa, based upon the best-selling novel by Wilbur Smith, directed by Peter Hunt ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service"), and starring Lee Marvin, Roger Moore and Barbara Parkins, is finally getting a proper release. The film (a 150-minute version) will premiere on Blu-ray (along with a new DVD edition) on October 8, 2013 via Shout! Factory/Timeless Media in USA. Details at www.shoutfactory.com.
Playing himself in "Incompatibles". Sir Roger Moore, a long-time Monaco resident, has been taking part in the shooting of a full-length movie by a 21 year-old filmmaker, Paolo Cedolin Petrini, who grew up in Monaco and is now a film student in Paris. The movie, "Incompatibles", is about a young man with a fascination for James Bond. Sir Roger plays himself. The movie will have a preview showing in the Principality in December. Also in the news, Sir Roger and his wife Christina were among guests at the Venice Film Festival, where the pair was spotted arriving for the opening of the festival on August 26.
Celebrating 30th anniversary of "Octopussy". Recently the cast and crew of "Octopussy" (including Maud Adams, John Glen, Peter Lamont, Kristina Wayborn, John Glen, Maud Adams and Alan Tomkins, Sir Roger, sadly, couldn't attend) reunited at Pinewood Studios where the movie was shot. You can read a report at CinemaRetro.com. Meanwhile, the latest issue of Bond-zine extraordinaire "MI6 Confidential" looks back at "Octopussy" at 30, with a great shot of Sir Roger Moore and Maud Adams on cover. You can read more about the magazine at MI6-hq.com.
Michael Winner memorial service. Sir Roger Moore attended Michael Winner memorial service at the National Police Memorial in The Mall yesterday. Sir Roger described the trust, which Michael Winner set up in 1984 following the death of Pc Yvonne Fletcher, as his "greatest achievement." As well as talking about his incredible work for the trust, he spoke about his close friend's personality. Other guests paying tribute to the late director included Sir Michael Caine and Sir Michael Parkinson. Michael Winner directed Moore and Caine in an action comedy "Bullseye!" in 1990. Although the film wasn't well received, it remains one of the favourite among Sir Roger's fans.
"The Man Who Haunted Himself" on Blu-ray. On June 24 "The Man Who Haunted Himself" will premiere on Blu-ray disc (Region B/2). Special features include: feature commentary and image gallery. Sir Roger Moore's performance in the film is widely recognized as his best. It was directed by Basil Dearden and co-stars Hildegard Neil, Freddie Jones and Anton Rodgers among others. It is based on the story by Anthony Armstrong, "The Case of Mr. Pelham", and is about a man who encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. The film originally premiered in the UK in February 1970.
An Evening with Sir Roger Moore - Autumn 2013. Sir Roger Moore is to take part in a series of exclusive meetings at theatres around the UK. Following the huge success of his tour last year, Sir Roger will return with ten new dates in Autumn 2013, opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday 27 October. Sir Roger will be discussing his astonishing life and career, with inside stories and exclusive anecdotes ranging from his internationally-renowned TV series "The Saint" and "The Persuaders", through to Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, the 007 films, in which he starred as James Bond between 1973 and 1985. Full list of tour dates.
A tribute to Dorothy Squires. A blue plaque in memory of entertainer Dorothy Squires set to be unveiled in Llanelli this month has been backed by the singer's former husband Sir Roger Moore, who has expressed his pleasure at the tribute. "I am delighted Dorothy Squires is being honoured by her hometown, of which she was very fond and so proud," said Sir Roger. "She was an extraordinary entertainer and I know she would be thrilled with this honour. Many of today's ballad singers admire Squires a great deal and she was regarded as the master of her trade. A true talent and very proud of her Welsh heritage." Read more.
The new "Saint" series update. Earlier this year Sir Roger Moore was in Gstaad shooting scenes for the pilot episode of the upcoming "Saint" series starring Adam Rayner and Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku as Patricia Holm. Moore plays Jasper, the banker. Another former "Saint" actor, Ian Ogilvy, also appears in the film, which is directed by Simon West ("Con Air", "Lara Croft: Tom Rider", "The Expendables 2"). The film will be broadcast on TV in the USA later that year. "Parade's End" producer Michele Buck has come on board recently as its producers look to secure a UK broadcast partner. All the latest information about the series can be found at LeslieCharteris.com and on The Saint (2013) facebook page.
"50 Years of Bond Cars" on DVD. "50 Years of Bond Cars" is a "Top Gear" special, originally broadcast on Oct 29, 2012 on BBC2. Richard Hammond looks at the machines that moved the world's favourite spy and gets the stories behind them from Bond legends including actors Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore, directors Guy Hamilton and Vic Armstrong, and producer Michael G. Wilson. There's a review of the programme at Guardian.co.uk. The film is due to be released on DVD on Feb 12.
New interview in "The Telegraph". There's a brand new interview with Sir Roger Moore conducted by Daphne Lockyer for "The Telegraph", in which the actor talks candidly about his recent health problems as well as the upcoming pilot episode of "The Saint". "The pilot for the new series is an altogether glossier affair that has been filming in LA, San Diego and now Gstaad, where Moore is shooting a cameo," writes Daphne Lockyer. Click here to read the interview.
"The Saint" soundtrack. Network DVD have confirmed that they will be releasing "The Saint" soundtrack on vinyl later this year. They start with a limited edition EP which will feature original themes from shows such as "The Saint", "Danger Man" and "The Prisoner", which will be released on April 20th, following it up with a dedicated vinyl release in September containing "the best themes and cues" from the show. Source: LeslieCharteris.com.
The Saint returns! It seems that "The Saint" series is finally happening. According to LeslieCharteris.com, principal photography on pilot episode of the series, written by Jesse Alexander and directed by Simon West, started on December 17, 2012. It stars Adam Rayner as Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku as Patricia Holm. Guest stars include former actors who played the Saint - Sir Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy. For more information and updates on all things Saintly, go to LeslieCharteris.com.
"The Wild Geese" special edition on Blue-ray disc. "The Wild Geese" was one of the most popular British action movies of the 1970s. The film, produced by Euan Lloyd and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, was filmed in 1977 in Transvaal, South Africa, and had a Royal charity premiere in the UK in July 1978. It featured a star-studded cast lead by Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore. Although being at that time at the top of his popularity as James Bond, Moore requested to have fewer lines in his scenes with Richard Burton and Richard Harris. Also, as an ex-serviceman, he helped some of the actors learn the military look. On October 8, 2012 the film was released for the first time on Blue-ray disc. In support Sir Roger Moore spoke to "Entertainment Weekly" about the making of "The Wild Geese". Read interview.
Sir Roger Moore receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the German defence minister Thomas de Meziere on January 24, 2012 in Dresden Photo by Martin Bablick
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